A number of former Wallabies have expressed their discontent with the treatment of Quade Cooper and Nick Frisby at the Queensland Reds.
Both Cooper and Frisby have been told they are effectively no longer needed at the club by new Reds coach Brad Thorn.
“I’ve had honest conversations with Quade Cooper and Nick Frisby about where they currently sit in our plans for 2018,” said the former All Black lock. “They’re not training with the Reds at the moment and will be training with their clubs instead.”
The players’ treatment has seen a number of Wallabies take to Twitter to question their colleagues treatment. Drew Mitchell weighed in:
We bang on about players leaving for $$ & opportunity but when clubs force their hand we say nothing?? ?????
We don't have the luxury of depth to ask 2 experienced players to move on IMO
— Drew Mitchell (@drew_mitchell) December 3, 2017
His tweet was followed by Digby Ioane and Nathan Charles.
How cool is that. Your boss says don't come to work for the next 2years but you still get paid…. #happydays ???
— Digby Ioane (@digbyioane) December 4, 2017
Spot on mate!
— Nathan Charles (@NathanCharles2) December 3, 2017
We need to stop using Quade's defence as an excuse for this decision.
10's haven't been defending at 10 in Aus since the Deans days.
It's a coaches decision, not Quade asking to be hidden..
Let's just hear the actual reason so we don't have to speculate??!!
Clarity helps fellas https://t.co/9ob0OtOMyG
— Drew Mitchell (@drew_mitchell) December 4, 2017
Cooper has been linked with a move to Japan and Europe having returned to the Super Rugby franchise last year following a short spell with Toulon.
Despite the apparent axing, Cooper still has two years left on a three year contract with the Reds, and could theoretically choose to see it out at club level.
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